Road Racing update – Cartlidge 3rd and promoted to 3rd Cat in Cornwall

James Cartlidge has been flying the flag for our club all year in his first full season of road racing. With a top ten placing already under his belt this year, he was keen to make further progress in a recent race in the Cornwall Series in Perranporth. This time with support from his brother Rob racing too and from the sounds of it, working as a domestique for Rob!

Here’s James’s write-up of the race which is a great advert for anyone considering racing for the first time and worth noting that this result also promotes James to Cat 3 which is be a fantastic reward for his efforts this year! Well done!!

Cornish Series Race 5 Cat 4

“Me and my brother, Rob, raced in the CAT 4 circuit race at Perronporth airfield on Wednesday evening. The race being part of the Cornish series organised by Penzance Wheelers, consists of a set period of time riding a short course (45 minutes in our CAT 4 race), after the time is complete its next lap wins. This format of racing is exciting and I would strongly recommend anyone who is new to racing to try it out.  

The race itself started off at a quick pace, with me positioning myself near the front to be able to react and close down any early attacks, which came from two mid-Devon ridings plus a couple of solo attempts from other riders. After the early attacks and the bunch coming back together, Rob did some excellent turns on the front the keep the bunch under control.

One final attack came from a London Velo rider (on holiday maybe), after closing the gap I realised I had distanced the bunch and decided to counter attack, however after half a lap I felt I would succeed, so sat up.

It came down to the final lap, with a Exeter Velo rider attacking at the start of the final lap, again after closing the gap to the rider, we had a few bike lengths on the bunch so tried to continue the attack, but were catch on the final corner by the two Mid-Devon ridings, who had came back strong after there early attacks, which left me leading out onto the finish straight.  It came down to a 4 man sprint to the line, with the two Mid-Devon riders having the legs on me and taking the first and second by a few bike lengths, leaving myself to fight for third with the Exeter Velo rider still on my wheel and from a flying Tavistock wheeler coming from deep. However, with a final effort and a lunge for the line I hanged onto third. After Rob’s work early on he finished just off the pace on the final lap, but excellent effort and another step forward.

All in all, lovely summers evening, really enjoyable race, best result yet and 10 quid.

The next race is on the 16/7/14, Rob is racing and I’m hoping to make it. “


New steady 14-15mph club run starting Sunday 29th June.

At our club meeting last night we decided to organise our Sunday road club run into 2 groups. Both meet at the same place and same time, that is entrance to Novotel, Marsh Mills at 8:30am on Sundays.

Steady group – This will have a different ride leader each week. We will ride at a steady even pace together as a group. This will be around 40-50 miles at an average speed of around 14-15 mph and will include a cafe stop. The first of these rides is on Sunday 29th June and will be led by Tom Cann. Route is Plymouth – Modbury – Gara Bridge – Totnes – Dartington (Cafe stop) – South Brent – Plymouth

Pace group – This will be for the faster riders, will typically be 60-70 miles and at a fast pace 17-18mph average. In the summer this is more likely to be fast climbing and through-and-off group riding. In the winter longer base miles. There’s not likely to be a cafe stop on this one in the summer (but a quick refuelling stop at a garage or shop usually takes place).

Further details of routes and ride leaders will be finalised for subsequent weeks shortly.

This week’s club run and club meeting…

Club run Sunday 8th June leaving 8:30am Marsh Mills. Heading for South Hams as planned and I’m thinking on to Kingsbridge, Slapton for those who want the extra miles.

Club meeting Monday 9th June 7:30pm at Rockets and Rascals including samples of new bib shorts.

Road Club Run Sunday 25th May

Here’s this weeks route, meeting at 8:30am Novotel entrance, Marsh Mills…
March Mills, Plympton, Lee Moor, Cadover, Sheepstor, Burrator, Princetown, Tavistock, (optional back to Yelverton Direct) Gulworthy, Denham Bridge, Crapstone, Roborough, Plymouth

Road Club run Sunday 18th May 8:30am Marsh Mils

The club is going back to its roots and the road club run now meets at the Novotel entrance at Marsh Mills at 8:30am sharp!

Cracking rolling ride with an optional shortcut for a slower group. Provisional route is Marsh Mills, Roborough, Yelverton, Tavistock (option to break off to Kit Hill cafe), Lamerton, Launceston junction, Callington, Kit Hill cafe, Saltash, Plymouth.

See you there!

Wednesdays MTB ride

We had a great turn out including a few PCCC members on the Rockets and Rascals – “Dirty Wednesdays” mountain bike ride this week.

The weather was great and we hit some good trails on “Spanish Side” of Plym Bridge then into Cann Woods.

This ride is open to all abilities and led by qualified MTB leader Russ from the shop. Everyone waits at the foot of each descent.

The ride meets at the shop at 6pm or at B&Q Coypool at about 6:30pm Wednesdays.

See you next week!